2020 Moto RAZR Durability Test! – Will the Folding Icon Survive!?

2020 Moto RAZR Durability Test! – Will the Folding Icon Survive!?

If you would have told me last year that in
2020 J.Lo and Shakira would be starring in the Superbowl, Hummer would be making a new
vehicle, and I’d be reviewing the Motorola Razr Flip phone…I’d say you were crazy and
ask what year you time traveled from. But here we are. This video is sponsored by Audible. This strange box contains the world’s first
hot dog style folding smart phone…you know, where it folds long ways instead of the fat
hamburger-style way, right? Anyone else learn that in school? We’ve tested folding phones
here in the past on my channel with the Galaxy Fold and the Flexpai. But both of those were
kind of like folding tablets, and this guy, well, it’s more like a folding phone. This
might also be the first phone where you want to keep the box. It’s got a built-in rubber
stand that will redirect the phone speakers out the base towards the front. Kind of interesting. Let’s see what else is in the box before we
say “hello” to Moto. In this fancy magnetic case we get some instructions, along with
the headphone dongle, 18 watt charger, braided headphones, and a braided USB-C cable. Seems
like a pretty nice package. I’ve heard many people ask if this new Motorola Razr can still
handle those angry closes…you know, like after a phone call, and the phone gets aggressively
shut. Today we’ll be answering that question once and for all. Now I think it’s time to
review our new friend. Hi there. Let’s get started. [Intro] Now the thing I like most about this Motorola
Razr is the form factor When it’s open it takes up just about as much space as my Note
10 Plus, which I’d say is a pretty common phone size these days. But the Motorola Razr
has the ability to fold in half and quite literally take up half the space when it’s
shut. It’s a form factor that actually makes sense. Taking a close look at the hinge of the Razr
we can see some exposed gear looking things along the side. These don’t actually spin
like we saw in the Galaxy Fold. These teeth just keep the two sides, both left and right,
folding at the same speed so one side doesn’t’ fold quicker than the other. The paper thin
screen lifts away from the phone body as it starts shutting, and you can quite literally
see the light shining through the components At first glance, this does seem kind of sketchy,
but it still feels pretty solid, even if the screen lifting off is slightly unnerving The bottom edge of the screen tucks a little
bit into the base of the phone as it slides down to compensate for that crease-free fold
in the center. There are no folding lines in the center of this screen like we saw on
the Galaxy Fold. Motorola did say on their website that this phone is designed with a
zero gap hinge that allows both sides to close perfectly flush to protect the main display.
But unfortunately, I still definitely see a gap between the two halves of the phone
when it’s closed. And I’m not like a dust expert or anything, but dust can still definitely
sneak in there. And it’s not perfectly flush with the zero gap. Calling it perfectly flush
with zero gap is incorrect. At least with my unit. We’ll test out the dust thing more
in just a second. The front smaller screen is not a fully functional
display like we saw in the Galaxy Fold. This is more just for notifications and stuff and
can’t control the entire phone. I’m getting distracted though. It’s time for that scratch
test. Now, the whole trick with these folding phones is that the screen is actually made
from a thin piece of plastic. Plastic has multiple pitfalls. For one, you can’t apply
a screen protector or the display might break. This is super unfortunate since once again
we do start seeing damage at a level 2. A level 3 almost felt like my Mohs pick was
going to start cutting through the display. And my fingernails, once again, can leave
a mark on the screen. I was previously excited when I read that Motorola’s design had a zero
gap hinge with perfectly flush closure since avoiding screen damage is one of the main
things you want to do with a folding phone. But as we see, with a screen this soft, dust
and dirt are still going to be an issue. The simplest solution, like I suggested with
the Galaxy Fold, is to just vacuum out your pockets every morning and you should be just
fine. The outer screen, since it doesn’t need to be folded, is made from glass. I can work
my way up through the Mohs scale of hardness, and we find that the 2.7 inch outer display
is confirmed. Scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level 7. One cool little Easter egg with this high
tech 2020 Razr phone is that if you go into the hidden settings and drag Retro Razr onto
the main drop down, you can make your sweet new $1500 phone look like a $15 phone. I’d
like to see an iPhone attempt that one. As far as the build quality of the Motorola
Razr, the whole thing does feel relatively sturdy. The earpiece grill is made from metal
and won’t be falling out on it’s own. The top curve is made from glass, which also protects
the front facing 5 megapixel camera. The original Razr from 2004 only had a .3 megapixel camera. The frame is made from metal, along with the
textured metal power button, and the volume rocker right below that power button is also
metal. The hinge cap is a vital component that holds both halves of the phone together
and is also made from metal. The frame of the bottom half of the phone is also made
from metal. The phone is very well balanced on each half of the hinge. The bottom with
it’s plastic chin does include a fingerprint scanner, which is actually pretty scratch
resistant..but I still managed to inflict a bit of damage with my razor blade. Even
with those scratches though, the phone was able to read my fingerprint and unlock the
phone every single time. Not too shabby. The bottom of the Razr has a plastic speaker
grill and a USB-C charger. If we take a look under the grill plate we can see that the
speaker is positioned on the right side of the phone and does seem to have its own water
resistant mesh protecting the opening. Motorola does say that this phone is splash resistant.
We’ll have to assess that claim more thoroughly from the inside when we take it apart. Make
sure you subscribe so you don’t miss that teardown. We know that the outer screen is made from
glass along with the glass camera lens that’s covering the 16 megapixel main camera on the
back. And the dual tone LED flash, which are both covered with glass. The back panel, however,
is plastic. Now I never had one of these Razr phones growing up. I got a job delivering
pizzas and I bought myself the Nokia 6800 instead, with it’s full QWERTY keyboard. But
I do remember how popular these things were. As you can clearly see, this is a razor on
a razor, on a Razr, above a razor. The Razr logo down here at the bottom of the phone
is very securely glued into place and and won’t be coming off on it’s own over time,
which is, of course, a good thing. With the Razr’s current price tag of $1500, you’ll
probably have to start selling off the old Tamagotchi and beanie baby collection from
the last time the Razr phone existed. I think it’s time to revisit that dust situation.
Now obviously this is a bit on the extreme end of the pocket sand scenario, but phones
are probably the most abused pieces of tech on the planet. And since Motorola’s hinge
does leave a gap, it’s something we have to watch out for. I’ll let the dust shift around
into every possible surface, crack, and crevice of the Razr. It is hard to watch, but it’s
for science Planet earth is covered in dirt and we should be ready for anything. The dirty phone still functions well enough…mostly.
The screen has not broken yet, but the sound of the hinge is more like nails on a chalkboard
at this point. And not as much buttery smoothness like it was before. Looking close we can see
that one speck of dust has already managed to make it’s way under the screen, causing
the light to reflect off the bulge a bit differently than normal. Rather unfortunate. Over time
this might damage the pixels from the back and kill the display. That compromising gap
between the hinge and the display is going to cause and issue with dust in the future. Speaking of compromises, since this video
was sponsored by Audible, I picked out a few new Audio books at the beginning of the year
to help me improve in certain areas. And ‘Never Split the Difference’ is what I’m currently
listening to. It’s about the negotiating tactics that the FBI’s lead kidnapping negotiator
used in international hostage negotiations. Pretty intense. You can get your first audio
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Link in the description. Audible.com/jerryrig or text “jerryrig” to 500-500. And thanks
to Audible for sponsoring this video. Now like I mentioned before, this particular
style of folding phone is my favorite so far. Rumor has it that Samsung is about to announce
a phone with the same hot dog-style folding capability. But Samsung’s phone will also
probably have the same plastic screen, which isn’t a bad thing of course. It does work.
As long as we all know it’s plastic. And we all know it’s a tad more fragile than glass
screens, then we can take care of it. Another difference is that this plastic screen retains
no heat from my lighter. The pixels are still very much alive after 25 seconds. The plastic
is unmelted and actually still cool to the touch. The usefulness of this knowledge basically
borders on zero. But as we know from the erroneously name zero gap hinge on this phone, zero doesn’t
actually mean zero. I’m mostly stalling at this point since this is one of the coolest
phones that’s ever come across my desk, and I don’t have a whole lot of confidence about
its ability to survive what’s coming. The feature of this folding phone I’m most
curious about is it’s ability to be slammed shut after a phone call. Remember, there is
still currently a rock behind the screen somewhere, and I’m slamming it shut just about as hard
as a person can with one hand. And now, with two hands. Even with two hands slams, and
a little pebble behind the screen, this Motorola Razr can withstand the abuse and the phone
definitely seems to be equipped to handle all abrupt phone hangups. I’d still take care
of it since you never quite know which fold will be your last. I think it’s time. Let’s say you leave your
phone on the couch face down and great aunt Suzi comes over to ask why you didn’t bring
a special someone with you to the family reunion. She sits down and now your screen is unresponsive
and has a cool new four point design in the center…not from the rock that got caught
earlier, but from some physical component inside of the hinge that’s under the display
poking through the back of the screen. Each of the 4 corners of whatever that rectangle
object is under there just got smushed into the soft back side of the screen. After turning
the screen off and then back on again, the phone does return to functionality, but the
4 pixels do not recover. If we watch that one more time, we can see that it actually
took a considerable amount of force before breaking. I am rather impressed. The Razr
hinge is not as strong as the Galaxy Fold’s hinge, but still holds it’s own. The phone
is still functional even after the screen is punctured from the back. The hinge is,
you know, bent backwards and it’s a little more floppy than usual. Something’s broken
inside (aren’t we all). But it’s still rather incredible the phone is still able to function
like normal. That deserves a thumbs up. Moto is putting up a fight. It looks like one of
the things that broke is whatever was holding down the screen inside of the chin. You can
see the display pulling out a bit and revealing some pretty cool Faraday cage-looking components
like we saw inside of the Nokia 3310. The teardown should be interesting. Touching down at the bottom edge of the display
however immediately kills the entire row of pixels running up the screen. I’ll test my
theory again by touching over here on the right side. Yep. Definitely a bad idea. The
paper thin OLED display technology still kind of blows my mind. Since the bottom of the
screen has been pulled out of the phone, it’s not really going to fold back flat anymore.
The little bubble near the hinge shows how thin and flexible the display can really get.
Of course it will always need the phone body to support it so it won’t crease or bend in
the wrong spot and get wrecked. But as we can see, it does take quite a bit of abuse.
Flexible displays still need a gentle curve when they fold. The fold gets too tight and
the screen actually gets creased. The whole thing dies completely. And it’s over. We know now the limit of the new Motorola
Razr. Angry phone calls are fine, but probably shouldn’t let anyone sit on your open phone
or it might be curtains. I think we should perform an autopsy. Let me know if you want
to see the insides of this thing down in the comments. Are you interested in buying a folding
phone? Are you going to wait a little while longer and see what the next generation looks
like? Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter.
Grab your free audio book with the link in the description. And thanks a ton for watching.
I’ll see you around.


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